Yesterday we had a number of jobs to do on the farm, from ear-tagging a new calf to taking down a tent the boys had put up as base-camp, before the wind could give it a battering.  In the end, apart from a couple of monsoon showers, the weather in Somerset was quite sunny and I even got to pick a few blackberries – the first of the season.

As it was one of those in- and-out of the house type days, we decided that we wouldn’t have a roast, so the boys decided they would like to cook chicken nuggets from scratch in honour of our very special visitor, Grampy.  Usually boys and chicken nugget making involves a very floury fallout area, but I have to say that I was very impressed with the whole process this time!  They’re quite easy to make – cut chicken breast fillets into bite-sized pieces – roll in seasoned flour, then in beaten egg and finally in breadcrumbs – then cook in a little bit of oil in a frying pan – delicious!

We thought that mayonnaise would be a nice accompaniment to the meal, but none was to be found – so we decided to make some.  We used Delia Smith’s recipe, it wasn’t a quick one to make as evidently the trick is to just add the oil a drop at a time at first.  We managed not to curdle it and it was pronounced “better than the shop stuff” by the boys :-)

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Finally, as this week saw the first episode of The Great British Bake Off, we decided that a Mary Berry challenge was in order for hubby – who bakes a mean cake.  The boys and I chose the cherry cake, but we had to do without the ring tin and the almonds on top.  Here’s the recipe if you’re interested.  We thought he did a great job – what do you think?

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